Hope your day is going swell!
So the reason I couldn’t really write about my day yesterday is because Ben and I were out picking up Mother’s Day gifts! We weren’t “last minute” shopping either – the stuff we wanted to get for our moms could only be found at the Farmer’s Market, which is only open on Saturday mornings. Goodness gracious – it was even more crowded than last week! Here’s our loot:
For my mom:
1. “Pond weeds“! Two weeks ago when my mom and I went to the Farmer’s Market she saw some pussy willows branches that she really really liked and for some reason I convinced her not to buy them?? I’m not sure/can’t remember why – but I’m glad I did, because I picked her up a bunch of those plus some of these really cool, gnarly sticks to put together in a decorative arrangement!
2. Her very own puff pillow and cream horn from the Vander Ploeg Bakery (in Pella, IA) from the Farmer’s Market! She was in Dutch pastry heaven people!
3. (Not from the Farmer’s Market, but) a jar of crunchy Barney Butter! God bless my Mom. Seriously. I told you all how she and my dad convinced a local grocery store manager to order some cases of Barney Butter and when he did they bought me up a jar of crunchy and creamy. They didn’t even get one for themselves. THEN a couple weeks ago, my sister-in-law wanted to try some so bad that my mom picked HER up a jar. And still, didn’t get one for herself. She’s such a giver – I just love that about her. So, I decided it was high time the woman had her own jar! She was so pumped!
For Ben’s mom, we went to a vendor at the Market that makes these amazing iron’ish lawn and garden sculptures/planters. Ben’s parent’s have a beautiful garden and back deck/patio setting, so we bought his mom a really nice hanging planter that she can set a potted plant right into! We’re going to give it to her tonight when they come over to grill out!
For lunch & Mother’s Day celebration we were over at my brother and sister-in-laws house. My sister-in-law had “make your own” foil packets ready for us – genious!! She had an assortment of vegetables, baby corn, water chestnuts, chicken and potatoes which you layer on a long sheet of foil. Then you add in a couple dabs of butter, a couple ice cubes (to steam the veggies) and your own seasonings. Finally, you tightly seal the foil up and throw it on the grill for 20 minutes. These were SO good – an absolute hit with everyone. I need to steal this idea!!
She also had out fresh berries and strawberry dip – delish:
I, of course, provided more sugar cookies for dessert! No sprinkles on these guys though. I was trying out icing recipes and just wanted them plain and simple!
This whole meal was healthy, easy and delicious!
Pics of the fam (minus my little bro, who was stuck in Chicago!)
We all had an absolutely great day and I know my mom loved being with the whole family. As she always says, it’s all she ever wants.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I couldn’t live without you and love you more than anything in the world!
I’m back at home now and am prepping for Ben’s parents to come over and grill out. Mother’s Day round 2 will begin shortly!